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Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility

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Robin DiAngelo at the Wheeler Centre

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? And what does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims that race is meaningless?

US-based writer, researcher and educator Robin DiAngelo has considered these questions deeply. Her first two books, Is Everyone Really Equal? and What Does it Mean to Be White? examined notions of equality and white racial literacy. Her third book, White Fragility, is a New York Times-bestseller. White Fragility asks why white people often become defensive or hostile during discussions of racism, and examines how this phenomenon derails progress in dealing with structural discrimination. DiAngelo challenges us all to find constructive ways to see, acknowledge and respond to racism in the 21st Century.

At the Wheeler Centre, DiAngelo presents a talk on these topics. She is then joined by a panel, including Jack Latimore, Odette Kelada and Tim Lo Surdo, for a discussion and Q&A.

Presented in partnership with the Centre for Multicultural Youth.

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